I gave a TEDx talk at TEDx University of Rochester about my 10 Cent Story project on 4/22/17:

I successfully defended my PhD thesis on 4/20/17 at the University of Rochester VIDEO:

For Scientific American:

I received a Fellowship through the American Association for the Advancement of Science to write for Scientific American at their Manhattan offices in summer 2016, an incredible experience I wrote about here. While there I wrote the following articles:

Lightning Strikes are a Big Problem for Wind Turbines (In the December 2016 magazine under the title “Surge Protector”)

How the Man in the Moon Got His Enormous Right Eye (In the November 2016 magazine under the title “Lunar Landscaping”)

Are We Reaching the End of World Records? (Published 8/5/16 – also published on Salon.com)sciam

No One Wins Gold for Practicing the Most (Published 8/5/16)

Stop and Smell the Flowers–But Be Ready to Gag (Published 7/29/16)

Teaching Science with a Typewriter: How an outdated technology can turn kids on to learning about STEM concepts through narrative (Published 7/28/16)

Are Robots Still Just “Tools” When They Are Used to Kill? (Published 7/8/16)

Swordfish Grease Themselves to Cut through Water (Published 7/7/16)

Top U.S. Science Organizations Hammer Congress on Climate Change—Again (Published 7/1/16)

Why the Science Community Says No to Brexit (Interview with British Lord Paul Drayson, PhD, published 6/22/16)


Selected Academic Publications:

Karl J. P. Smith, Marina May, Ruth Baltus, and James L. McGrath. A Predictive Model of Separations in Dead-End Filtration with Ultrathin Membranes. Separation and Purification Technology. Accepted 7/12/17.

Karl J. P. Smith, Josh D. Winans, and James L. McGrath. Ultrathin Membrane Fouling Mechanism Transitions in Dead-End Filtration of Protein. Proceedings of the ASME 2016 14th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels (Peer reviewed).conference

Josh D. Winans (co-first-author), Karl J. P. Smith (co-first-author), Thomas R. Gaborski, James L. Roussie, and James L. McGrath. Membrane Capacity and Fouling Mechanisms for Ultrathin Nanomembranes in Dead-end FiltrationJournal of Membrane Science 2/1/16.

Book chapter – Silicon Nanomembranes for Efficient and Precise Molecular Separations in Silicon Nanomembranes: Fundamental Science and Applications. (8/16). Karl J. P. Smith, Joshua D. Winans, and James L. McGrath


I had a personal essay about my 10 cent stories project published in The Toast



“Write me an erotic story about Batman and the Queen of England. Bonus points if you get the Queen’s corgis in there somehow.”

“Write me a story about a backpacker whose dying wish is a tiramisu cupcake.”

“Write me a meet-cute about Cthulhu and a woman at a bar in the style of Charles Bukowski.”


I’ve had four one-act plays I wrote performed by the U of R’s International Theater program. More info about those plays here.
Let’s Be Capable Communicators – a Conversation with Madeline Sofia. In Rediscover Rochester (page 5)